Call for deer management project in Kerry

A deer management project is needed in Kerry, according to Damien Hannigan, press officer of the newly formed Irish Deer Commission.

He was speaking about a new deer management service in Wicklow, which is being provided by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Wicklow Uplands Council.

Of the on average 37,000 deer culled in Ireland every year, about a third is in Wicklow, and 3,500 to 4,000 in Kerry.

Damien Hannigan says a deer management project would have to be uniquely tailored for Kerry and headed up by National Parks and Wildlife Service, given the volume of deer in Killarney National Park.

He feels a full or part time manager is needed in the county to liaise with landowners and deer hunters.